Ambassadors and high officials of the European Union and of the Permanent Representation of the European Commission to Romania have visited on Tuesday the seat of the General Border Police Inspectorate (IGPF), where they have been presented the Control and Command Centre of the IGPF, as well as the specific responsibilities and activities of the Internal Affairs Ministry (MAI) with emphasis on those of the Romanian Border Police, a release of IGPF informs.
The delegation was welcomed by the State secretary for Relation with Parliament and International Relations Daniel Robert Marin and the general inspector of the Romanian Border Police, police quaestor general Ioan Buda.
The visit took place in the context of the “Yes, we care!” campaign unfolded by the EC Representation to Romania, that is envisaging several dedicated visits of the EU member states’ ambassadors on the scope of the projects implemented by Romania with EU funding, with the theme of EU borders’ protection, and the objective was the recognition of Romania’s achievements in what is the use of the EU support.
The delegation comprised ambassadors and high officials from 20 EU member states: Sweden, Hungary, Estonia, Belgium, Norway, Italy, Austria, Finland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Lithuania, France, Bulgaria, Spain, Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Croatia, Anglia, Slovakia, being accompanied by representatives of the Regional Development Ministry, Public Administration and European Funds.
The guests were introduced with the structure, the competencies and responsibilities of the Romanian Border Police, the activities and results recorded in the line of illegal migration combating and prevention, and cross-border criminality, as well as the activities unfolded to achieve the targets pledged for Romania’s Schengen accession.
On this occasion, the leadership of the IGPF presented the training and improvement ways of the border police staff in the missions organised by the Frontex Agency, a support that was often appreciated and emphasised by the Agency’s officials and the European borders’ authorities.
The delegation’s members said that the Romanian Border Police is a competent, credible partner in the fight against the cross-border criminality, as it is a model institution in the EU, actively involved in securing the European borders, the release adds.